Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include THE GRUFFALO, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Julia also writes fiction, poems, plays and songs - and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator whose warm and funny illustrations have achieved world-wide acclaim and won numerous awards. In addition to his picture books, Axel is the illustrator of wonderful novelty and gift books, such as the bestselling THE BEDTIME BEAR and MOTHER GOOSE'S NURSERY RHYMES.